SmithCorp Limited awarded SiR’s teacher agency standards accreditation

Standards in Recruitment (SiR), the UK’s first and only independent compliance programme for recruitment businesses is pleased to announce that SmithCorp Limited has been awarded SiR accreditation.

“Congratulations to SmithCorp” said John Randall, engagement director for SiR, “the company passed SiR’s general and teacher agency standards and is now an accredited education sector business”.

SIR’s standards and independent process for accreditation is recognised as a suitable certificated standard by the Crown Commercial Service as part of its commercial framework agreement for the provision of supply teachers to the public sector.

Randall continued “SiR accreditation, evidenced by its distinctive ‘mark of excellence’, recognises companies that meet the highest standards in terms of their operational and legal processes. SmithCorp can definitively reassure schools and teaching candidates of its compliance and quality credentials, in what is a highly competitive market.”

Commenting on the award, James Hodkinson, chief development officer for SmithCorp said “We are delighted that we have been recognised as a highly compliant education consultancy service. Achieving SiR accreditation offers reassurance to our client schools and colleges and enables us to stand out from our competitors.”

Asked why they chose Standards in Recruitment, Hodkinson said, “SmithCorp were looking for an accreditation that would prepare the company to apply for the CCS/DfE framework. When researching the available programmes, approved by the CCS, we liked the fact that SiR’s teacher agency standards were independent and robust. We also took into account that they were recommended by the NAHT.

He continued, “As we didn’t necessarily feel we would use many of the additional services that membership of the REC or APSCo offer, we just wanted a thorough impartial analysis of our working practices and that’s what SiR gave us.”

Randall concluded “More and more recruitment businesses are seeing Standards in Recruitment as way of demonstrating their compliance credentials in a range of sectors. Also, following the introduction of GDPR last month, clients and candidates are increasingly seeking reassurance that a recruitment agency’s data protection processes are compliant. The only way to demonstrate this is to have your GDPR compliance independently verified, and then fly a flag to prove it. SiR provides this and much more as it validates your recruitment processes across the board, so providing reassurance for everyone.”





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